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Florida education news: Armwood High School football violations, virtual school, teacher jobs and more

penpals_225652a.jpegNICE TO MEET YOU: Second graders from two Hernando County K-8 schools finally greet each other face to face after spending a year as pen pals. (Photo special to the Times, Paulette Lash Ritchie) 

SLASHED: The Pasco School Board cuts secondary-level literacy coach positions in half to save $700,000. 

INELIGIBLE: Armwood High School acknowledges violations in its football program and awaits being stripped of its state title. • A Broward high school's cheerleading program is under investigation amid allegations of several improprieties, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

SEMI-SUPPORTIVE: The Hernando School Board rejects an anti-testing resolution because of the wording, but backs the concept.

MOVING ON: Graduates of Hillsborough's Urban Teaching Academy prepare to receive hard-won scholarships that almost didn't appear. • Land O'Lakes High School valedictorians and salutatorians • Fox Chapel Middle School eighth graders celebrate the end of school.

IMPROVED: Three Duval high schools are likely to come out of "intervene" status after this year's FCAT, the Florida Times-Union reports.

SUMMER SCHOOL: Miami-Dade expands its summer academic offerings mostly through online courses, the Miami Herald reports.

TURNAROUND: The Broward school district looks to reverse past trends by hiring many more teachers and bolstering arts education, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

MUSICAL CHAIRS: Indian River secondary principals are surprised by a decision to reassign them to different schools, the Vero Beach Press-Journal reports.

HOME COURT ADVANTAGE: The Manatee School Board looks to implement a local preference policy for selecting services and vendors, the Bradenton Herald reports.

UNDERPAID: A new report states Polk school teachers are underpaid in comparison to counterparts in like Florida school districts, the Ledger reports.

CHANGE OF PLANS: Bay district officials back away from privatizing school transportation and look instead to outsource food services, the Panama City News Herald reports.

OUT OF FUNDS: An Orange high school will close two popular vocational programs because it lacks the money, the Orlando Sentinel reports. 

[Last modified: Thursday, June 7, 2012 6:20am]


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